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[Solved] Long hyphen (en and em dash)

 
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 02, 2010 6:07 am    Post subject: [Solved] Long hyphen (en and em dash) Reply with quote

Can anyone tell me how to type a long hyphen? in MS Office you type two hyphens and a blank and it automatically converts to a long hyphen, but I can't find out how to do the same thing in OO.

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 02, 2010 7:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's done the exact same way (space dash dash space). Go to Tools AutoCorrect Options > Options tab and make sure Use Replacement Table is checked. Click the Replace tab and you should find it as the very first item
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 02, 2010 7:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you for this. Is it possible to make the resulting hyphen one character longer?
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 02, 2010 8:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think what you want is an em dash. It is Unicode U+2014 and is to be found after the Latin extended characters in Insert>Special Character. It can also be inserted with the Compose key on Linux, AllChars on Windows and possibly with the Compose Special Character or Accentuate extensions for OpenOffice.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 02, 2010 8:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you - that's exactly what I want.

One more question - how could use a hotkey combination to insert that?
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 02, 2010 8:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

There's further information at:

http://user.services.openoffice.org/en/forum/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=6251

Otherwise you could assign a key combination to this macro:

http://codesnippets.services.openoffice.org/Writer/Writer.InsertUnicodeCharacter.snip

Or you could use AutoText.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 02, 2010 8:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks so much - now solved!
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